gnome-main-menu: a new attractive menu for the GNOME environment

March 7th, 2007 edited by jaduncan

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Look at your GNOME application menu. It’s simple, but has got one big problem: it doesn’t really allow you quick access to your favorite applications. Of course, you can make little icons on the panel to get a fast way to launch your programs, but this only scales so far. Finding an icon on a long bar with really small icons can be really annoying.

Gnome-main-menu is an easy and beautiful solution to that problem. It’s an applet to add to the desktop bar which offers you two-click access to your favorites applications, and also to your last documents and places. Additionaly, it allows easy access to disk usage levels, network connection information and the ability to add new applications to the base menu.

Adding an application Gnome Main Menu GMM menu

Not simply a new menu, it also offers an application browser with search. This enables you to quickly drill down to your selected application with a short description of the app, something of particular use to long time debaday addicts.

Other apps Searching for other apps

You might also be pining for the new 2.18 version of GNOME and the all in one control panel. Well, pine no more as all control applets also have their own search in GMM!

GMM control panel

Gnome Main Menu is available in Debian testing/unstable and in Ubuntu Edgy/Feisty in the package gnome-main-menu.

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18 Responses

  1. jensen Says:

    This package is, in Feisty, terrible outdated though. They released a new version a couple of weeks ago with a shitload of new features.

  2. tatare Says:

    nice app! Thanks for the tip.

  3. Flavio Says:

    Wow, very nice! Unfotunately I’m on KDE… Does anybody knows about something like this for KDE?

  4. jaduncan Says:

    Nope, I haven’t seen anything like this for KDE I’m afraid.

  5. Andreas Rohlfs Says:

    OpenSuse has a new start menu in KDE.

  6. pirast Says:

    does it use mono?

  7. jkohen Says:

    @pirast, no it doesn’t use Mono.

    The version in Debian/unstable is also terribly outdated and has some major bugs. It’s more than 6 months old, which is like eternity for work-in-progress application.

  8. pirast Says:

    jkohen, wow, something from Novell which does not use Mono ;-)

  9. Nathan Stien Says:

    KDE users may also be interested in the similar kbfx project:

    Themes here:

  10. Andreas Rohlfs Says:

    KBFX looks very promising. Thanks for the hint, Nathan.

  11. Markus Says:

    A similar project, the SuSe-Style KDE-Menu is available under Ubuntu, too.

  12. Felix Says:

    Regarding the shortcuts it seems to be optimized for mouse users.
    If it’s not fully (and easily) accessible by keyboard then… well… it sucks.

  13. Jay Says:

    WOuld it be possible to place this (or any)applet on the actual desktop? I was hoping that it could serve in a similar function to “My Computer” but I can’t figure out how to create a launcher for it.

  14. angel Says:

    Nice application but have you seen the linux MINT (based on ubuntu) gnome-main-menu and the control -center, those apps are amazing, they are more complete and usable than these.

  15. bamanzi Says:

    I recommend gimmie instead.

  16. Reed Says:

    Once you install gnome-main-menu, it’s in the Applets list as “Start menu” with a Debian logo icon, not “Main menu” with a Gnome logo icon (that’s the current default menu).

    Anyone know how it decides what your “Favorite Programs” are?

    Also, the word “Programs” happens to have the same number of characters as the dumb name “Computer”, so I just edited the main-menu binary to replace the text :)

  17. Alex Says:

    Thank You

  18. System Says:

    Kde has always, to my memory, had a utility called “kappfinder” which searches for apps and adds to the K-menu. It also provides a way to include apps it can’t find easily. That’s for those asking about a similar utility in KDE.